Carbon fiber is made up of strong crystalline filaments of carbon. When it is woven into a fabric, it makes it virtually unbreakable. It will not stretch and can be relied on for several purposes in construction, including foundation repairs. Before the introduction of carbon fiber, home foundation repairs were made with steel beams. As materials and techniques continue to advance, the industry is moving away from steel and leaning more toward carbon fiber. Read on to learn about the benefits of working with this innovative material.
How It’s Used
Carbon fiber is used for structural repairs with the combination of an epoxy. The fabric that contains the carbon fiber is epoxied into the damaged part of the wall in intervals. The type and severity of the damage will determine the number and space of the intervals. At that point, a steel angle is incorporated to the top of wall, giving it the same amount of integrity and strength that it had before the damage.
The first benefit of using carbon fiber is that it’s quick to install. When it comes to structural repair, it’s necessary that the work be completed as fast as possible to ensure safety. Repairs with carbon fiber can be completed in just one day depending on the size of the wall and the severity of the damage. Carbon fiber is so strong that it’s even depended on for use in commercial aircrafts. It won’t break or stretch, and the permanency of the repair is difficult to duplicate with other materials and techniques. It also won’t make too much of an impact on aesthetics. It offers low visibility on the wall and leaves a small bump less than an inch thick. Once the wall is painted the bump virtually disappears and, if necessary, a normal stud wall can still be constructed over the repair. Once the repair has been made, there’s no need to return to the work. There’s no future maintenance required. The final and possibly most convincing benefit of using carbon fiber is that it’s about half the cost of steel beams.
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